This bridge consists of a through truss main span. Immediately north of this span is a pony truss approach span. Additionally, each end of the bridge has curved approach consisting of a number of riveted through plate girder spans. All these approach spans, which provide the ramp leading up to this overpass's height over the railroad tracks, produce a bridge of reasonable length. There once were several truss bridges that carried a highway over railroad tracks in Lake County, Indiana. Today, this is the last know surviving example. This privately owned bridge crossing privately owned railroad tracks is located deep within a high security area consisting of steel mills. HistoricBridges.org is unaware of any way to properly photo-document this historic bridge. The only way the public can normally view this bridge is to view it from the dirty windows of the Amtrak trains that pass under the bridge. Unfortunately, a few low-quality photos taken under these undesirable circumstances are all that HistoricBridges.org currently has available. If Amtrak would actually wash the windows on its cars once in a while, someone could probably get some decent overview photos of the bridge.
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